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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Banners: Bad Robot Productions, Skydance Media

Producers: Tom Cruise, J J Abrams, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Christopher McQuarrie, Jake Myers

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Fergusson, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill, Angela Basset, Vanessa Kirby

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie

Music: Lorne Balfe

In one scene, Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) says to Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), “Accept it, Ethan. You’ve lost this one. What’s done is done.” To this, the latter says, “What’s done is done when we say it’s done.” This is precisely what Mission: Impossible – Fallout is all about. This is what keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning till a little before the last frame. Throughout the various action-packed vignettes, one always feels that the characters might just face an end to their lives.

The film is based on the story of three IMF agents who need to get away from a CIA assassin, who is entrusted with the job of keeping a stringent eye on them. The agents’ mission, to extricate three plutonium cores from a terrorist group called The Apostles, goes askew.

The sixth instalment of the super hit franchise boasts of death-defying stunts, stylised bike chase sequences, thrilling hand combat scenes, a gripping elevator scene and most significantly, a never-seen-before helicopter fight in the midst of a manmade blizzard. After Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, director Christopher McQuarrie returns to helm this instalment. He proves his mettle by giving us one of the best action entertainers in the longest time.

Editor Eddie Hamilton keeps the narrative extremely crisp and this never lets the action-thriller drop its pace even once. The film, which has ample nail-biting moments, is vastly entertaining. Abrupt combat montages leave you thrilled, thus rendering an almost adventure ride-like exhilarating effect. The invigorating background score is icing on the cake. Its staccato-esque effect perfectly provides support to the rollercoaster-like chase sequences.

The dialogue is packed with punches, and the script is generously infused with comic relief. Even while trying to pacify your poor heart from its accelerated beating thanks to eye-popping action, you will find yourself breaking into little spells of laughter from time to time. Most of the comic dialogue belongs to the impeccable Simon Pegg, who plays Benjamin Dunn, an IMF agent.  

Full marks to cinematographer Rob Hardy for capturing some of cinema’s best action episodes in the film. The picturesque locales of Paris, the UK, New Zealand, the UAE and Norway look breathtaking. There are moments when you can almost smell the gore and gun powder. The blizzards and the helicopter chases, framed in his expert lenses, over snow-clad mountains feel totally real.

Performance-wise, Tom Cruise is obviously the centre of the Mission Impossible universe once again. He has proved himself and reinstated his position as a true-blue superstar with this film. He steals every frame with his magnificent and charming screen presence. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, who play his comrades, add ample entertainment value. Their camaraderie stands out.

Rebecca Fergusson leaves an indelible impression with her strong action-oriented performance. As someone who constantly tries to save Ethan, she pulls off her scenes with élan. Alec Baldwin doesn’t have much screen time but, as always, he surely leaves an impact. Henry Cavill’s character with grey undertones is memorable. Angela Basset as the enterprising and new CIA director, and Vanessa Kirby as the mysterious White Widow, make a mark in their limited screen time.  

Verdict: It is hard to keep a franchise relevant over 22 years but Mission: Impossible – Fallout not only does justice but takes it up a notch. Hit!  

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